Darren Anthony: NSI inspired me to be become a better storyteller

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Darren completed his Totally Television training earlier this year and is already in development with CBC on his show, Dwayne Has Issues.

Jeffrey St. Jules: NSI helped me learn how to navigate the Canadian film industry

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Jeffrey’s Features First film, Bang Bang Baby, was fully produced in 2014 and won the award for best Canadian first feature film at TIFF.

Todd McCauley: NSI Features First was a welcoming environment where all participants were seen as equal

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Todd’s Features First film, SuperGrid, went on to receive the award for best feature film at the Saskatchewan Independent Film Awards.

Sandi Somers: NSI helped develop my confidence as a screenwriter

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Sandi’s NSI Features First film, Hailey Rose, is slated to begin production in spring 2021.

John Barnard: NSI was instrumental in helping me find my own filmmaking path

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Director and co-founder of Farpoint Films, John says NSI equipped him with knowledge and understanding of the film industry.

Marlene Kendall, NSI board chair: NSI provides high-quality training to underrepresented and diverse participants

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Marlene is inspired by the courage NSI students have in telling their stories.

David Ray: With NSI, I felt like anything was possible

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David directed his NSI Features First film, Fetching Cody, in 2005. His NSI Totally Television show, The Last Nation, is currently in development with CTV.

Gemma Holdway: I’ve been a full-time writer ever since my NSI Totally Television training

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Gemma was given the tools to improve her project and challenge herself to take her work to the next level. 

Brad Pelman: NSI’s impact can be seen throughout the industry

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Brad, vice-chair of the NSI Board of Directors, marvels at the amazing work created by alumni.

Alex Bailey: NSI IndigiDocs provided a supportive community that valued my independent voice

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Alex’s film, êmîcêtôsêt: Many Bloodlines, has been celebrated at film festivals across North America. Most recently, it was named as one of Canada’s Top Ten Shorts of 2020 at TIFF.

Robert Cuffley: my career started with NSI believing in me

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Robert participated in NSI’s inaugural Features First program which led to directing his first film and gaining confidence to move his career forward.

Erica Daniels: once you join the NSI family, they will always be cheering you on

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CBC New Indigenous Voices grad and current NSI IndigiDocs participant, Erica, believes NSI helped her get her foot in the door early on in her career.